Barty lets Coco through, Pliskova to meet Martic

On a wet and dreary Friday at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, World No 1 Ash Barty retired from her quarter-final match against Coco Gauff, waving on the American teenager into the semis after leading by a set, while Karolina Pliskova survived 3 match...

Nadal avenges Madrid loss

Up to the quarter-final stage of the Rome Masters, Rafa Nadal could be said to have had a fairly torrid time and when he faced Alexander Zverev for a place in the last four, many expected the German, last week’s Madrid Masters winner, to maintain his winning form over...

Pliskova to meet Ostapenko in Rome quarters

Karolina Pliskova is the sole seed in the lower half of the draw and takes on Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, in the quarter-finals of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, while Petra Martic and Jessica Pegula will contest the last quarter on Friday.

Barty cruises, Gauff stuns Sabalenka and Svitolina swats Muguruza

World No 1 Ash Barty remains on track to add the Rome title to her expanding collection but must overcome Coco Gauff in the quarter-finals, who upset Aryna Sabalenka, the Madrid champion, at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Thursday, while Elina Svitolina took out...

Nadal one point from defeat

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Jo Konta and Venus Williams enter Nottingham

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Osaka leads march of seeds out of Rome

On a day of major upsets at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, the underdogs prevailed, seeing off seeds Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep, Sofia Kenin, Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova, and Maria Sakkari in a procession of upsets at the Foro Italico in Rome.

Nadal back on track

Rafa Nadal, playing his first match at the Foro Italico following his quarter-final loss to Alexander Zverev at last week’s Madrid Masters, declared himself happy with his performance in overcoming Jannik Sinner in straight sets, but not so with the scheduling by the...

Konta follows Bencic and Mertens out of Rome

Seeds started to tumble at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, with Belinda Bencic and Elise Mertens followed out of the draw by Jo Konta, while Garbiñe Muguruza and Angelique Kerber were among those to win through on Tuesday.

Kvitova, Brady, Swiatek and Sakkari open Rome accounts

The Internazionali BNL d’Italia got under way at the Foro Italico in Rome on Monday, with some of the seeds in action and coming through unscathed, although Petra Kvitova had to come from a set down against Magda Linette to advance, while Jennifer Brady won in...
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Watson trips at first Madrid hurdle, Yastremska appeal fails

On the whole, the first round of qualifying threw up few surprises as form was mostly maintained, although 5 of the 22 seeds were upset on Tuesday – Alizé Cornet, Kaia Kanepi, Katerina Siniakova, Heather Watson and Leylah Fernandez.

Cornet, the No 4 from France, was the biggest casualty of the day, succumbing a tight encounter to Xiyu Wang, a 20-year old from China, 6-1 4-6 7-6(6), while Estonia’s 7th seed, lost in straight sets to Kateryna Kozlova from the Ukraine, 6-1 6-4.

Siniakova, the No 8 seed from the Czech Republic, went down to the in-form Ana Bogdan from Romania, 7-6(7) 7-5, as Watson’s disappointing season continued, with the 10th-seeded Brit losing 6-3 6-3 to Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele.

Fernandez, the 18-year old Canadian who was seeded 12th, fought hard but fell short against Croatian wild card Ana Konjuh, 7-6(6) 2-6 6-4.

Top seeds Anastasija Sevastova and Kristina Mladenovic both progressed, but needed three sets to overcome their first-round opponents.

Sevastova, the No 1 seed from Latvia, had her hands full with Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova but prevailed, 3-6 6-4 6-3, while Mladenovic, the 2nd seed from France, had to go to a final set tiebreak to get past Spanish wild card Mintegi Del Olmo, who is ranked 716 in the world, 6-3 5-7 7-6(1).

Other winners on Tuesday included Laura Siegemund, the German 3rd seed, Montenegro’s 5th seed Danka Kovinic and Taipei’s Su-Wei Hsieh, the 6th seed.

Dayana Yastremska has had her appeal against suspension for a doping violation rejected

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In other news, Dayana Yastremska’s pending appeal has been denied, leaving the 20-year old Ukrainian, who has been ranked as high as No 21 in the world, sidelined from the tour as she remains ineligible to compete.

Yastremska was suspended on 7 January for failing an out-of-competition drug test, having tested positive on 22 December for mesterolone metabolite, a prohibited substance that can be used to boost testosterone.

The Ukrainian has denied using performance enhancers or prohibited substances, but her second appeal was again denied on Tuesday.

Her first appeal was rejected after she had travelled to Australia for the Australian Open on the off-chance that she would be allowed to play, but she ultimately made the long journey for nothing and was among the 72 players forced into a two-week period of strict quarantine prior to the tournament.

Yastremska has won 3 WTA singles titles, while her best showing at a Grand Slam was reaching the 4th round at Wimbledon in her main-draw debut there in 2019.



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